Cathedral’s Will Wallace chooses Tulane

Published 2:30 pm Thursday, August 25, 2016

For Cathedral High School football standout Will Wallace, the glamour of being a Division I recruit has worn off.

He rode the carousel of campus visits. He took phone calls from Coastal Carolina, Kansas, the University of Southern Mississippi and several more schools.

In the end, Wallace decided to stay green. In front of family, coaches and friends Thursday morning in Cathedral’s library, Wallace made a verbal pledge to Tulane University.

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“I felt like the coaching staff was straight forward with me,” Wallace said. “New Orleans, it’s not too far (from home) but still far enough, and it’s a great education.”

Wallace said he began narrowing down his options last week. He prefers to play tight end, which eliminated Kansas because the Jayhawks were recruiting him as an offensive lineman. His final two choices came down to Coastal Carolina and Tulane.

After making a trip Sunday to Tulane to watch a scrimmage, Wallace said he made up his mind two days later.

“(This week) has been crazy, and my phone has been blowing up,” Wallace said. “I thought about it and prayed about it, and I just decided on Tulane.”

Wallace, a versatile athlete for Cathedral, said Tulane will give him opportunities to play tight end or defensive end.

Tulane first-year head coach Willie Fritz had success as head coach of Georgia Southern University running a triple-option offense, which perhaps could best utilize Wallace’s 6-foot-4 frame as a blocker.

Wallace said he had a good first impression of Fritz on his visit.

“I liked (Fritz) a lot and what he has to bring to the team,” Wallace said. “They run an option and pro-style offense, so I think I’ll fit in well there.”

Looking back on the road that led to his decision, Wallace said the recognition he received from prospective schools was fun when it began. As the texts, tweets and phone calls from recruiters and reporters piled up, so did his stress.

With his mind made up, Wallace said he is ready to shift his full attention back on the current season.

“This is a great deal for him,” Cathedral head coach Chuck Darbonne said. “The recruiting process is fun at the beginning, then it kinds of like, ‘I’ve got to make a decision.’ I’m glad he got it out of the way, and now he can concentrate on what he’s got to do right here.”